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force back

1. To cause someone or something to move away from someone or something else. A noun or pronoun can be used between "force" and "back." I jumped in front of the kids to force them back from the street.
2. To cause someone or something to return to something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "force" and "back." The bell signaling the end of recess forced us back to class.
3. To contain one's emotions. A noun or pronoun can be used between "force" and "back." I found myself forcing back tears during the play because the acting was just so good.
See also: back, force

force back

v.
1. To make someone or something retreat or return: A terrible storm forced the soldiers back to the camp. Hard up for money, the strikers were forced back to work.
2. To prevent the expression of one's own emotions: She forced back her laughter as she listened to the debate. He forced his anger back when he read the editorial.
See also: back, force
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The ISIL terrorists suffered a heavy death toll under the heavy attacks of the Syrian artillery and warplanes and pulled the remaining pockets of their forces back from the battlefield.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Monday there would be no cease-fire before the Hezbollah militant group withdrew its forces back about 20 kilometers from the border with Israel, Reuters news service quoted a Lebanese political source as saying.
They highlighted the urgent need to achieve a peaceful solution as quickly as possible and bring our forces back home.
The armed forces back a tentative government move to submit a fresh motion to the parliament allowing US troops to open a "northern front" against Iraq, with Chief of the General Staff Hilmi Ozkok saying: "The Turkish armed forces' view is the same as the government's and is reflected in the motion our government sent to parliament.
On 5 April the Chinese and North Koreans launched their fifth offensive aimed at pushing the United Nations (UN) forces back from the 38th parallel.
Syrian Army commanders pulled their forces back from Handarat Camp on Sunday morning to evade more casualties.
Syrian Army commanders pulled their forces back from Handarat Palestinian Refugees Camp in Northern countryside of Aleppo city on Sunday morning to evade more casualties.
"The ISIL left behind scores of the dead and wounded members and pulled the remaining pockets of its forces back from the two strategic mountains of Antar and Zalfeh in the Northwestern side of Palmyra and vast farms in the Eastern side of the ancient city under the heavy offensives of the Syrian army and the popular forces," the sources said.
The ISIL pulled its forces back from at least three hilltops near Jabal (mountain) al-Mazar under the heavy attacks of the Syrian army and the National Defense Forces.
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army troops repelled ISIL's heavy attack on an oil-rich region in the Eastern part of Homs province and forced the terrorist group to pull forces back from the battlefield.
The ISIL militants sustained more defeats near the ancient Assyrian town of Quaryatayn and pulled forces back from four key heights in the region.
A spokesperson of the Arab Coalition Forces - press photo CAIRO - 19 August 2018: Army forces backed by Arab Coalition forces liberated today the headquarters of the local authority and the medical center from Houthi coup militia in the center of Duraihemi district of Hudeidah province in Yemen.
On the Syrian border, the radical group is the target of ongoing rival campaigns by Syrian government forces backed by Russia, and US-supported local fighters.
The Iraqi forces backed by Iranian-trained paramilitary groups captured the Kurdish held oil region Kirkuk on Monday after the Kurdish referendum and transfer the balance of power in the country.
The government forces, according to police, have killed up to 200 Taliban fighters after the security forces backed by aircraft targeted Taliban positions in Nawa district of the southern Helmand province over the past one week.
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